Mari Alexander, PA-C, LMFT  Mari Kresge Alexander, PA-C, LMFT

2340 NW Thurman, Suite 202 Work: 503-523-9630
Portland, Oregon   97210 Voice Mail: 503-523-9630
Disabled Accessible: No Fax: 503-227-8058

Location:

NW Portland
It is close to the trolley line and highways (30, 405 and 26).

Degrees:

Bachelor of Science

Health Care Sciences
Certificate Physician Assistant
Master of Science Clinical Psychology

Licenses:

Marriage and Family Therapist
Physician Assistant-Board Certified
Training & Certifications: EMDR Level I
Intercultural Communication (in process)
Non Violent Communication Trainer (in process)
Availability: I will see any new client one week of initial contact unless there are urgent circumstances which necessitate a quicker response.  I have flexibility in my schedule to provide an urgent response.
Affiliations:
American Mental Health Alliance - Oregon
Intercultural Institute
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Portland Nonviolent Communication Academy
ASTD – American Society for Training and Development
Society for International Education, Training and Research,
Baby Blues Connection and Post Partum Support International

Fees:

$95 per 50 minute hour
$150 per 1.5 hour couple or family session
I have an additional sliding scale for those who have no insurance and pay each visit.  I also accept major credit cards with an additional $5.00 per visit to cover my additional costs.

 Specialization

Anxiety, Depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  
Couples
Conception, infertility, pregnancy, post partum and early parenting issues Siblings, families & households (roommates)
Perinatal and post partum mood disorders Cross Cultural adaptation and communication

Focus of Practice & Interests

Medical issues including chronic illness. (Hospital and home visits) I am skilled in EMDR and use it within my practice mainly with different levels of PTSD.
Transitions are an opportunity for growth and an area that I enjoy working with whether it is partnership or dissolution of one, having a child or dealing with the empty-nest phenomenon, loss of employment or physical competency.  Together we can turn the scariness of change into positive directions for your life now and in the future. I have worked with multi-generational roommate households, businesses and organizations to assist them in team building, communication, goal setting and strategizing.
Communication challenges incorporating my work in NonViolent Communication and brief psychotherapy models. Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer (GLBTQ) community and have a special focus on GLBT families.
Divorce and  care for their children Existential-Humanistic philosophy.  This may present as depression, anxiety, restlessness or discontent.
Women with PMS or Menopausal mood disorders or feelings of “lose of control” is another population I’ve worked with a lot.  Training in cultural competency, intercultural communication, prejudice reduction and nonviolent communication

Background & Experience

Licenced marriage and family therapist
21 years. 

Physician Assistant
in Family Medicine
26 years

Therapist in solo private practice  Community mental health centers
Organizational development & training

Mental health provider to expatriates overseas for the US Government. 

 10 years experience in the field of perinatal psychology  

Patient & Client Populations Served

Elder (66 yrs and up) Teenage (13 to 17 yrs)
Adult (18 to 65 yrs) Small Business
   

Orientation & Approach

I received my MS in an orthodox program that incorporated all major schools of thought from Jungian to Gestalt to Psychodynamic.  I did one year internship in a Kaiser Permanente and 2+ years in long-term Existential Humanistic Psychotherapy.  The latter focused on presence and growth.  I draw from all these schools when I work with clients, with the intent of matching the client’s needs not getting them to fit my theoretical mold.

 I work in partnership with my clients, guiding them to uncover their own feelings, needs and desires.  I do not offer advice but am present with them as they define who they are now and what is interfering with them being who they want to be.   My effort is to empower my clients to capitalize on what brings them joy in life and to live from these truths with themselves and in relationship.  I also offer coaching in communication, negotiation and creating goals for themselves if that is what is needed.

People who are undergoing medical treatment for chronic or severe illness or people who are affected by a loved ones health situation.    Menopause, cancer, diabetes, etc. are all areas I enjoy working in.  As I am also a medical practitioner I incorporate advocacy and education when appropriate.  I will also make hospital or home visits when needed.
 

Personal Comments

I often feel humbled and honored as I sit with clients and witness them grapple with their feelings and needs.  I enjoy my work and am constantly learning more about myself as well as more about how to best empower my clients to be who they want to be.  I engage in continuing  education, formally and informally and I participate in peer supervision as I know that my colleagues can offer me new ideas  and insights that will benefit my clients. 

I regard my therapy office as a safe container and a place for clients to begin practicing how they want to live their lives, with me.  I will stand by them, will not break if they are angry or disappointed with me, and will encourage them to be all that they want to be for themselves and in their relationships.

 I have worked extensively with people who feel that they want more from life; that something is interfering with their being the person they want to be:  growth work from an Existential-Humanistic philosophy.  This may present as depression, anxiety, restlessness or discontent. I utilize EMDR to work with people who suffer from various levels of PTSD. 

I work with couples who are having communication challenges incorporating my work in NonViolent Communication and brief psychotherapy models.  I will work with couples who are considering divorce and help them get through this stage of their relationship with as much care and integrity as possible and to care for their children simultaneously.

I also do training in cultural competency, intercultural communication, prejudice reduction and nonviolent communication for families, Non Governmental Organizations, and businesses. 

Women with PMS or Menopausal mood disorders or feelings of “lose of control” is another population I’ve worked with a lot.  I include some education and we look at it from a coaching perspective along with counseling. I offer groups for “Women with Hormonal Mood Disorders”.

I have experience and training in cross-cultural and multi-cultural issues and enjoy seeing people from other cultures.  I have lived in traveled in several other countries.  I incorporate my knowledge about cultures, adaptation and repatriation in my work with these people.  I also work with the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Queer (GLBTQ) community and have a special focus on GLBT families.

I look forward to meeting with you to see how we might work together.